copy Excellent Adventures in Egypt

Enter here to share Joni's adventures living and working in Cairo courtesy of the U.S. Fulbright cultural exchange program. Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and test of our civilization. - Mahatma Ghandi

1/13/2005

The Sinai visit was last month’s highlight. I was determined to visit the protectorates/national parks and ecolodges in the area, and Karen Kellen, Dina Powell and Fran Costanzi - visiting Egypt at that time - decided to tag along. We were joined for the first three days by by Mary Megalli, a delightful, spirited lady who has spent most of her last 40 years living in Egypt. Mary is a wonderful companion, a great source of knowledge about natural areas and recent Egyptian history, and a terrific birder, skills appreciated by all even if her practice of simultaneous birding-while-driving made us a bit nervous now and then. (Cries of “look, it’s a brown footed yellow breasted chit-chat” while barreling along the highway at 50 miles an hour can tend to take one’s breath away.) KK, Dina, Fran and I flew from Cairo to Sharm el Sheik on Egypt Air, being treated en route to one of those lush travel videos extolling the delights of one’s approaching destination. The outbound video featured lots of gorgeous underwater footage, with colorful coral reefs and elegant tropical fishes. Egypt’s Red Sea reefs are rated among the best in the world for snorkeling and diving, and we saw lots of footage of divers enjoyed themselves by swimming with, stroking and feeding the pretty little fishies - activities that are, of course, prohibited by the Nature Conservation Sector’s coral reef protection regulations. The tourism industry does have a ways to go with ecological protection (here and elsewhere).  Posted by Hello

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